Reflection: One keeper, many souls

According to Inuit culture in Greenland, a person possesses six or seven souls. The souls take the form of tiny people scattered throughout the body.

By Annie Dillard.

I don’t know much about this yet, but the idea of six or seven souls sounds almost overbearing. With just one soul, you can feel enough love, and in times of sorrow, too much pain. Just a thought.

I do love this carving of an Inuit Soul in the picture below. It has a fluidity to it. It is as if after rough waves had crashed onto the stone countless times, a soul had woken up from all the noise and pushed its face out for the world to see.

Depiction of an Inuit Soul in carving. Source and for more information: East Greenland tourism website

9 thoughts on “Reflection: One keeper, many souls

  1. Hi Chris, I would like to know more about what you mean. I think I’m fortunate to have so far lived and worked with people who value a female’s viewpoint as much as a male’s. Having said that, I didn’t work in corporate finance, play football or go hunting much, which I think are rather male dominated areas of life. But now I’m stereotyping… =)

    • Good morning “T”, as I have never worked in corporate finance, (certainly not in the sense I believe that you mean), have never played football, (other than as a child for fun or school sport), nor ever gone “hunting”; I can see that your stereotypical “viewpoint” will not help you here. :)

      Think; you have what you need right in front of you.

      • As any man worth his Salt will tell; a woman can bring her viewpoint into a debate simply by the look on her face, even just by raising her eyes, just a little, in a way that only a woman can do so. My opinion might well amuse you; but it was well meant as an honest statement of fact rather than as a way to bring forward humour.

        An intelligent woman is always welcomed; to express her opinion.

        I should intercede that the whole debate about the lack of respect for women within certain, shall we say; Male dominated areas of life in general; has been in the forefront of my thinking recently as I have been given a complimentary seat at an Islamic finance conference and that, in turn, has sparked an internal debate within me about possible questions while there.

  2. Nope, I do not really know anyone in Australia except a prominent female physical oceanographer who turned to tending sheep in Tasmania. I did my PostDoc with her in San Diego before she left for Down-Under maybe 15 years ago.

    • Hi Andreas, please do, with pleasure! By the way I know of an old seadog who is a PhD candidate using oceanography to map Antartic research (something like that). He would be very interested in your blog – i will pass it on! But you don’t happen to already know an Andrew Atkin from Australia do you?

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